Diocesan Boys’ School Symphony Orchestra
Choir from Philharmonie der Universität Wien
Date:July 21 – 07.30 PM
Venue: Musikverein, Golden Hall
Biography of DBS Symphony Orchestra
The Diocesan Boys’ School (“DBS”) Symphony Orchestra (originally the DBS Orchestra) is one of the most historic youth orchestras in Hong Kong. The DBS Orchestra was founded by a former headmaster of the school, Mr George She, in 1956. Its early performances consisted of only 18 members, with Lo King Man as the conductor. Now the orchestra has up to 80 members. The DBS Symphony Orchestra is currently the record holder of the highest marks ever achieved (98 marks, 2004) in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival Symphony Orchestra (Senior) competition. The DBS Symphony Orchestra has captured over 20 champions of the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival Symphony Orchestra (Senior) competitions since the 1990s. On the international scene, the DBS Symphony Orchestra participated in the Washington DC International Music Festival 2015 held in Washington D.C., USA in April 2015, capturing the Gold Medal with a high score of 93.6. Recent repertoire of the orchestra include Richard Strauss’ Don Juan, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1 "Classical", Mahler's Symphony No. 5, Brahms' Symphony No. 2, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.
Biography of Orchestra Director
Samuel Pang studied orchestral conducting with Neil Varon and viola performance with Carol Rodland at the Eastman School of Music. Prior to studying orchestral conducting at Eastman, he was the orchestra director of the Diocesan Boys' School Symphony Orchestra from 2012-2015. During his time at the Diocesan Boys' School, he led the symphony orchestra and string orchestra to winning all 6 competitions they participated in at the annual Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. In April 2015, Samuel led the orchestras on a concert tour in the United States, performing in prestigious venues such as the Kilbourn Hall in Rochester, NY and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. After spending 2 years in Rochester, New York, Samuel resumed his duties as the orchestra director of the Diocesan Boys' School Symphony Orchestra in September 2017. Inspired by J.S. Bach, Samuel's greatest desire is to glorify God through music.
Don Juan, Op.20 – Richard Strauss
Symphony No. 9, Op.125 – Beethoven
Performing choir: Choir from Philharmonie der Universität Wien
Soprano: Monika Medek
Alto: Nefeli Kotseli
Tenor: Daniel Schostok
Bass Baritone: Andre Angenendt